Part Optibike, part Black Sheep, all fat

RCM

New Member
First ebike for me after 45 years of daily riding and racing, may never go back to a non-ebike. Too much fun.
Picked up the motor from Jim in Longmont, drove up to Ft. Collins where James Bleakley, owner of Black Sheep Bikes, fabbed the frame. I put everything else together, built a set of wheels using Kuroshiro Enso 685 rims, Rohloff, etc. It's a keeper.




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Ann M.

Well-Known Member
That's a mean looking set of wheels @RCM! My hand built road racing bike looks pretty on a wall, too :), it's the ewheels that get ridden.
 

Berry78

Active Member
Holy smokes! That is one cool lookin bike! Are the fat tires safer or better for potholes/rough streets? Slippery streets? Only good for off-road? I guess I dont really understand the benefits/drawbacks of fatties....
 

RCM

New Member
Holy smokes! That is one cool lookin bike! Are the fat tires safer or better for potholes/rough streets? Slippery streets? Only good for off-road? I guess I dont really understand the benefits/drawbacks of fatties....
Fatties are for everything but the tires I have on there now are Maxxis FBF/R and designed for dry offroad conditions. They weigh more than 3.5 pounds each but the rims are insane light at 458g each. Fats let you ride most anything but you def pay a weight penalty, almost takes an ebike to spin those muthas up. You can get fat tires for most conditions incl street, offroad, snow, studded for ice, etc. Very fun to ride.
 

RCM

New Member
Thanks Austen, it's a very fun rig. When I brought it over to Jim's it was just put together so was pretty raw, since then I've dialed it in and it's ace. BTW tell Jim I'm still waiting for the speedo sensor and wire!
 

Marceltt

Active Member
First ebike for me after 45 years of daily riding and racing, may never go back to a non-ebike. Too much fun.
Picked up the motor from Jim in Longmont, drove up to Ft. Collins where James Bleakley, owner of Black Sheep Bikes, fabbed the frame. I put everything else together, built a set of wheels using Kuroshiro Enso 685 rims, Rohloff, etc. It's a keeper.




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What is that under your seat